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March 25, 2011Posted by on
It’s called a pinched nerve because that’s what it feels like, pain. But what’s going on!
The 24 moving bones of your spine protect your spinal cord while permitting normal turning and bending. Pairs of nerve roots, one on each side, branch off your spinal cord at each segmental level to provide instructions to the organs and tissues of your body. When these openings are obstructed, even slightly, your brain can’t properly adapt and regulate your body.
When a spinal bone is misaligned, or fixated, it can move decreasing these nerve openings and causing nerve irritation. Chiropractors call that a subluxation.
When spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, it can cause one of two types of nerve disturbances:
- Compressed lesion -Pinched nerve. What surprises many is that it’s actually quite rare.
- Facilitative lesion – This is when the nerve root is stretched, twisted or chafed. This is much more common than the actual pinched nerve above.
Bones can’t move unless muscles move them. And muscles don’t move bones unless instructed by the nervous system. Your chiropractors job is to locate these misaligned areas of your spine and preform spinal adjustments to improve integrity of your nervous system.
A chiropractic spinal examination helps us identify areas of your spine where spinal bones are misaligned. Then, we give them a specific, gentle, but quick little push in the direction they need to be moved. We call this a chiropractic adjustment. Your body uses this energy to help correct itself and nerve irritation is reduced.
Because regular chiropractic care improves the integrity of your nervous system, it’s a natural alternative to many health problems.
Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC, at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. Dr. Kolarik offers both individual and family plans making gentle, conservative, chiropractic care affordable and available for all.
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